I'm going on a 10+ day bike ride and want to be able to use my fantastic Nokia 6110
(with built in GPS) and my ipod Nano as long as possible. I bought a cheap solar panel charger on ebay and have found that it's useless. What are the best solutions? So far under consideration are better solar, a spare battery for the phone and emergency chargers that can be recharged when I can get to mains power.
The 'name brand' solar chargers around, the solio
and the freeloader
also have negative reviews
. The Freeplay 12V
looks cool, but has also got some pretty poor reviews
(but at least it looks like it works).
What would you recommend?
posted by sien
on Nov 28, 2007 -
Teen daughter wants the iTouch for Christmas. Other than the purchase price, what other fees apply? Is this thing gonna cost me a monthly fee to access the Internet--which is what she really wants to do.
posted by sandra194
on Nov 23, 2007 -
I'm currently waiting for my Eee PC
and Mologogo phone (a motorola i415
) to arrive. These are items I'd like to carry with me very frequently (essentially always), and I call upon the hivemind to help me figure out the best way to do so. [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on Nov 19, 2007 -
My iPhone and my Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones are not playing nicely. Periodically, I get an annoying buzzing/interference noise when I'm listening to music on my iPhone and have noise cancellation switched on. [more inside]
posted by kathryn
on Aug 7, 2007 -
I was hanging out with a U.S. Navy officer. I noticed that he had something unknown to me on his feet... [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Jun 21, 2007 -
Recommendations (and links) for awesome winter clothing and gadgets, especially for living somewhere very cold most of the time? [more inside]
posted by ewkpates
on Apr 11, 2007 -
Calling all electrical engineers, cyclists and gadget freaks: How can I modify my SON dynamo bicycle wheel hub so that I can use it to power a variety of peripheral devices (cell phone, iPod, GPS, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by piedrasyluz
on Mar 6, 2007 -
Tell me all you know about mid- to high-end
cd/dvd disc resurfacing machines. I'm in the market and don't know anything. Will be resurfacing 50 - 100 discs per week. Thank you.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy
on Feb 27, 2007 -
What product or services (that haven't already been) should be modified for individuals with disabilities -- educational or augmentative toys, games? [more inside]
posted by pallen123
on Feb 4, 2007 -
What do you think is the best inexpensive ($50 or less) pocketable musical instrument?
posted by archagon
on Feb 4, 2007 -
I have many gadgets and it's respective chargers and cables, and I hate to have everything around the room.
Anyone know a good way to store all the things in a neat way that everything get handly and sorted?
posted by Leech
on Jan 22, 2007 -
Like any self-respecting geek, I've got a bunch of cool toys I carry around. Each of those toys, unfortunately, comes with a bunch of wires -- chargers, adapters, connectors... Help me keep them organized! [more inside]
posted by jacobian
on Jan 15, 2007 -
Now that Lik-Sang is dead, where do I turn if I want to import games, or even better, electronic gadgets, computers and such. There was one big site I remember seeing (but, of course, can't remember the URL) that seemed to have quite a few laptops and cameras. Where do you import your gadgetry and games (to the US)?
posted by Merdryn
on Dec 23, 2006 -
I just bought a Garmin Forerunner 205
. I love it, it's neat, wow, awesome. But I use an Apple and the software isn't compatible. Can someone walk me through how I can get my PowerBook to recognize the unit (and download the data) when I plug it in via USB and if there are any programs I can use that are similar to the "Training Center" software included?
posted by tumbleweedjack
on Dec 22, 2006 -
As much as I'm sure Ask Metafilter is already sick of being Regular Metafilter's personal shopper this month, gosh
if I wouldn't appreciate you helping me buy a PDA. [more inside]
posted by Simon!
on Dec 3, 2006 -
I'm a single 30-something guy and need some toys to fill out my Xmas wishlist. What are some fun & inexpensive gifts/gadgets/toys that I haven't thought of? [more inside]
posted by justkevin
on Dec 1, 2006 -
I'm looking for a box/cupboard/whatever that can store all my household electronic bits and bobs (ipods, moblie phones, PDA, digital camera etc) in one place without them, the cables and the accessories getting tangled up. I've thought those junk drawer organisers with lots of different sized compartments might work, but they're not big enough and I'd prefer something stand alone. Something that could accommodate a multi-plug socket and hide all the cables would be even better. Any ideas?
posted by janecr
on Nov 23, 2006 -
Help me finally be an organized student. I have all the gadgets, a pocket pc, a razr, 2 laptops and a watch running palm os.... What is a system of organization that can use some or all of these? [more inside]
posted by matkline
on Aug 27, 2006 -
Is there some gadget that will allow me to listen to FM radio on my iPod Shuffle? [more inside]
posted by CRM114
on Jun 13, 2006 -
What's the best site to keep up on announcements/reviews from CES happening right now in Las Vegas? I already read Engadget and Gizmodo.
posted by robbie01
on Jan 4, 2006 -
Home gadgetry. I'm trying to move away from web design and am interested in starting a business related to home technology solutions. [more inside]
posted by masymas
on Dec 31, 2005 -
Gadgetfilter: One portable device that plays mp3's and gets satellite radio. Does it exist? Will it exist in the future? [more inside]
posted by junkbox
on Nov 28, 2005 -
I'm a TiVo owner and Mac OSX user, and I'd like to the ability to transfer upcoming (and some currently saved) programs from my Tivo (Series 2, 80hour) to my Mac. I have DSL that comes into an Apple Air Port.
What's the best way to do this? (Or is the easiest thing to buy an external DVD recorder on my TV and record stuff that way?) I just want to occasionally share a clip with non-TiVo-owning friends/colleagues that they should see.
posted by mark7570
on Nov 10, 2005 -
When viewing enhanced podcasts on an iPod nano, is it possible to keep the image enlarged? [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah
on Oct 10, 2005 -
What's your favorite cell phone? (Taking both form and function into consideration.) [more inside]
posted by o2b
on Oct 3, 2005 -
What's the best cell phone I can buy right now in the United States that will sync with a Mac? I have some specific wants and am totally perplexed by the world of cell phones. [more inside]
posted by josh
on Jul 12, 2005 -
I really like the sound of the intro guitar on Modest Mouse's song "Worm vs. Bird." It's a sort of compressed, almost tubular sound. I am an electric guitar n00b. Is this sound somewhat replicable with a simple pedal purchase, or do I have to go buy some obscure vintage guitar and run it through a tube amp built by elves or something?
30 second snippet from the Amazon
posted by mecran01
on Jul 6, 2005 -
Yes, I know that the m:robe 100 isn't *officially* Mac compatible, but it's so sweet looking (fine, fine: "pretty"), that I'm sure somebody has hacked it together to work for the finer 10% of computer users out there... Has anybody had any luck with using the m:robe 100 on a Mac running (specifically) OS X.4.1?
posted by michaelkuznet
on May 16, 2005 -
a) Anyone have a particular make/model of pedometer they like? b) Are they very reliable? I don't mean survey-grade reliable, but even for rough distance estimation? c) Calibration tips?
posted by everichon
on May 13, 2005 -
i'm starting to travel a little bit for work soon after many years of only jumping on a plane for holidays to see the family and wondering if the AskMe community has any hard learned lessons they can bestow on the young padawan learner (sp?) that is me? How best to fly with a laptop and a digital slr? Suit case for clothes that won't make me look like i just picked my clothes off the floor (per a normal day)?
posted by joshgray
on Apr 27, 2005 -
I'm going to be traveling from the US to Italy and Greece. Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter to power my PowerBook and Minolta battery charger? [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Apr 14, 2005 -
I'm going to be in San Francisco for a conference from 3/14-->3/18, but sadly not the emerging technology conference. Anyway, I was wondering if there is anything like Japan's Akihabara--some sort of dense flea market with strange gadgets and such, that I might visit.
Any sort of robot-themed "performance" involving flammable materials would be cool too, but I've heard that Survival Research Labs isn't allowed to play in the city any longer.
In short, what would be some cool geeky/techy things to do while there that might not be available elsewhere and won't land me in jail? [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Mar 10, 2005 -
Any suggestions for a low-end widescreen TV?
We are looking to upgrade the aspect ratio on our media-skewed window to the world...
posted by fairmettle
on Jan 5, 2005 -
I'm looking for an inexpensive clock radio that meets a few criteria...Any help? [MI] [more inside]
posted by neurodoc
on Jan 3, 2005 -
CoffeeFilter: The best automatic maker, straight up -- no double-teaming, grinding or frothing -- please?
posted by thinkpiece
on Dec 7, 2004 -
GPS solutions. I hate getting lost and not knowing alternate routes when I'm driving and it seems that increasingly I wish I had some sort of navigation unit. So I started looking. In-car systems are about $2k (and stuck in a single car), portable handheld ones are about $600 (I can use in other cars, which is good), but I hear iPaq PDA units with GPS are only about $500. Has anyone used an iPaq for road trips? Does it work ok with the small screen? What's the best add-on GPS to get for it? And what kind of iPaq do I need as a base to make it work?
posted by mathowie
on Oct 21, 2004 -
I just won a $500 gift certificate/shopping-spree from the good folks at Vanns
. From their limited selection I've narrowed down my choice to either a 40gig iPod
or a Sony 17" LCD Monitor (SDM-HS73/W)
. I don't really need either item, as I have a monitor that works just fine and I have a 10gig 2nd generation iPod (although its getting really scuffy looking). The LCD monitor is more expensive (so I would feel like I am taking better advantage of the prize), but I've only seen a few reviews out there (mostly positive) on its quality. So is there anybody out there who's used this LCD monitor? If not, do you think I'd be wiser to go with one product over the other?
posted by Boydrop
on Oct 5, 2004 -
There seems to be a rash of "usb/mp3 voice recorder" flash thingies out there right now, like this
. Many of them appear to be the same unit or same chipset, rebranded. Is there a good site that reviews stuff like this--generic gadgets available only online? And more specifically, how do I find the best one of these that will mount without drivers on my Ibook? I'd like to get something cheap to take voice notes in the car and be able to listen to mp3s.
I've been googling but not many reviews have come in. Many thanks.
posted by mecran01
on Aug 3, 2004 -
I'm getting a Treo 600 in a couple of days. I need recommendations for a good carrying case. Anything related to first-time Treo ownership also welcome. Thanks!
posted by azul
on Jul 19, 2004 -
I recall an application for the Treo 600 phone which allowed me to dump pictures from my phone directly to my Mac bypassing the built in route which only allows you to transfer images by emailing them. I think I saw it on Gizmodo or Boing Boing a while back, but can't find it now when I search. Anyone know what the name of this Palm application is?
posted by sharksandwich
on Jun 10, 2004 -